J.K. Rowling Defends Casting Of Black Actress In ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ | Arts



When we think of Hermione Granger, we instantly think of the wonderful Emma Watson. Her image is ingrained in our minds. Today, however, the world gifted us with a brand new and equally brilliant Hermione. Veteran stage actress Noma Dumezweni will portray our favourite book-smart wizard in the upcoming West End stage play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.


Not only is the talented actress the perfect fit, but as a woman of colour Dumezweni will bring some much needed diversity to the world of Harry Potter. The casting choice sparked not only excitement, but also confusion and resentment among fans of the series, and many took to Twitter to voice their disapproval. Now, author of the series, J.K. Rowling has weighed in on the casting. “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever,” Rowling tweeted. “White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione”.


In the books, Hermione, was mainly defined by her intellect and her everlasting devotion to her friends. So why can’t a black actress portray her? Hermione became known as a white character only after Watson portrayed her in the films. Other stars from the blockbuster franchise have been quick to show their support. Matthew Lewis, tweeted; “And Neville Longbottom was blonde. I really don’t care. Good luck to her”. Evanna Lynch, also voiced her approval; “Tbh new Hermione is black, Harry looks like Ron, when I was cast ppl complained about my HAIR & it is people’s ❤️ NOT their looks that matter”. As for Emma Watson? She retweeted Lewis tweet – which says it all.


The production which is based on a story by Rowling and written by Jack Thorne, features Harry, Hermione and Ron as adults working at the Ministry of Magic. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The two-part play is set to open on June 30, 2016 at the Palace Theatre.




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